User interfaces for computers are modeled after familiar places like offices and houses (hence "folders" and "windows"). But in this design project, called Signterior, architect Nobuhiro Nakamura uses a computer-like interface to help people to navigate a large Shanghai office and shopping structure. I often think this is what the future would look like if I could travel to it: A bewildering world filled with signs and directions I can't parse. Check out a few more oddities of signage that Nakamura created.

This is the office area in the Signaterior center in Shanghai. It's marked with a bronze color to remind people that they are in the office area. Directions to shopping areas are marked in gold, while those to "SOHO Areas" are silver. I have no idea what a SOHO Area is.

In this central area, color-coded floor markings direct people to elevators that will take them to either the office or shopping area.

Here is an area near one of the building entrances. Elevators to the different parts of the building are color coded as usual, and marked in glowing numbers to indicate which floors each elevator will reach. Again, this makes perfect sense except that none of the numbers I see here seem to correspond to anything like a floor number. And yet I'm sure if I worked in this environment every day, it would make perfect sense to me and the directions would become second nature. Signterior [via Dezeen]